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Gene Could Helps Scientists Understand Genetic Deafness
2012-01-04 14:17:59

Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine report they have found new clues that may help scientists understand the genetic causes of deafness. The gene FGF20 has been associated with inherited deafness in otherwise healthy families.  The FGF20 gene codes for one member of a family of proteins known as fibroblast growth factors. Members of this family are known to play important and broad roles in embryonic development, tissue maintenance and wound healing. "When we...

2011-11-30 14:35:25

However, the study did not find differences in the brain size of girls with autism In the largest study of brain development in preschoolers with autism to date, a study by UC Davis MIND Institute researchers has found that 3-year-old boys with regressive autism, but not early onset autism, have larger brains than their healthy counterparts. The study is published online today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Early Edition. It was led by Christine Wu Nordahl, a...

2011-11-22 08:27:40

(Ivanhoe Newswire) — Mutated genes in the sensory hair cells of the inner ear prevent sound waves from being converted into electrical signals- a fundamental first step in hearing. Restoring electrical signals in the sensory cells of deaf mice by introducing new genes allowed the mice to hear. The study paves the way for a test of gene therapy to reverse a type of deafness. Sound waves produce the sensation of hearing by jiggling protruding hair-like structures on sensory hair...

2011-09-28 19:29:46

More intense treatment better improves social and communication skills A primary characteristic of autism spectrum disorders (ASD) is impairments in social-communication skills. Children and adolescents with social-communication problems face difficulty understanding, interacting and relating with others. University of Missouri researchers found that children who receive more intensive therapy to combat these impairments, especially at early ages, achieve the best outcomes....

2011-09-27 13:00:00

New York City Special Education Collaborative announced today the launch of an innovative new pilot program for children with speech disorders. The Speech Buddies Advantage program aims to improve the quality of care provided to families by providing speech therapy services that are more effective and more affordable for schools than current offerings. New York, NY (PRWEB) September 27, 2011 New York City Special Education Collaborative announced today the launch of an innovative new pilot...

2011-09-22 18:52:03

Patients with serious speech disorders are often able to sing complete texts. However, melody may not be the decisive factor. After a left-sided stroke, many individuals suffer from serious speech disorders but are often able to sing complete texts relatively fluently. Researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences in Leipzig, Germany, have now demonstrated that it is not singing itself that is the key. Instead, rhythm may be crucial. Moreover, highly...

2011-06-28 00:00:32

The Childhood Apraxia of Speech Association of North America (CASANA) will host its 2011 National Conference on Childhood Apraxia of Speech in San Diego, California on July 7 "“ July 9, at the Paradise Point Resort. This year's conference theme, "Unfolding Potential, Creating Possibilities," will address the use of emerging technology and how it's being used to assist children with Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS), while still advocating and creating awareness on issues that affect...

2011-04-29 06:09:39

(Ivanhoe Newswire) -- A simple, five-minute screening technique may help physicians detect autism earlier in infants. Researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine call it the "One-Year Well-Baby Check Up Approach." A new study reveals the technique may be a promising way for physicians to detect cases of Autism Syndrome Disorder (ASD), language or developmental delays. For the study, researchers at the UC San Diego Autism Center of Excellence (ACE) formed a team...

2010-12-14 00:01:26

Editors: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association President Tommie L. Robinson, Jr., PhD, CCC-SLP is available for interviews to discuss stuttering and treatments for it. Rockville, MD (Vocus/PRWEB) December 13, 2010 Why Cover This Now: The King's Speech, a new movie that will be released nationwide Friday, December 17, brings stuttering to the forefront and shows how King George VI overcame his severe speech impediment with help from his speech therapist Lionel Logue. The King's Speech...

2010-10-19 20:58:08

Children with permanent hearing impairment who received hearing screening as newborns had better general and language developmental outcomes and quality of life at ages 3 to 5 years compared to newborns who received hearing screening through behavioral testing, according to a study in the October 20 issue of JAMA. Permanent childhood hearing impairment is a serious, relatively common condition. Auditory input is essential for development and social functioning, so early awareness of a child's...


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  • A blustering, bullying fellow; a pot-valiant braggart; a bully.
This word is named for Draw-Can-Sir, a character in George Villiers' 17th century play The Rehearsal.
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